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Russian mouse worthy of space travel

'Metal matrix' device raises aesthetic to new level

Other countries may lead in consumer technology development, but the Russians continue to show their asthetic prowess in everything from next-generation keyboards to phones made of gold and African Blackwood.

Slava Tyukalov

Their latest entry is a handmade optical mouse from designer Slava Tyukalov, who says his wireless creation is made from materials similar to those used by space agencies to form a "graphite-aluminum composite metal matrix" wrapped in high-grade Italian leather. According to his blog, the "Cold Steel" version pictured here goes for $397, though he stresses that demand is high (the Russians have discovered the wonders of capitalism, after all). For collectors looking for something even more exotic, Electronista says his signature GoldenEye model is covered in snakeskin.